Upgrade Assessment & Roadmap

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UPGRADE ASSESSMENT & ROADMAP

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SUMMARY

WHY UPGRADE? DO I NEED TO UPGRADE? WHAT TYPE OF UPGRADE? HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?

 

Summary

Are you trying to quantify the benefits of an upgrade, trying to understand the real magnitude of the exercise or simply frustrated with how your system is currently configured or performing?

An upgrade assessment will help answer these questions and allow you to understand how to extract the most value from your existing Oracle software while providing a clear understanding of the upgrade process. We can also provide installation advice and hardware and software assessments with a comprehensive evaluation of the new features of any of the following solutions:

  • Oracle Primavera P6 EPPM
  • Oracle Primavera P6 PPm
  • Oracle Primavera Portfolio Management (OPPM)
  • Oracle Primavera Contract Management
  • Oracle Primavera Unifier
  • Oracle E-Business Suite
  • Oracle Database (RDBMS)
  • Oracle Primavera Analytics
  • Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE)
  • InEight Hard Dollar
  • Deltek Acumen

 

PRIMAVERA P6 15.2 SPOTLIGHT


Primavera P6 EPPM Release 15.2 delivers significant advances in functionality and technical deployment. An Upgrade Assessment will ensure that you leverage the technology to its fullest and provide you with a technical environment suitable to run the software.

A structured Prescience upgrade assessment provides you with the essential inputs you need to plan your Primavera upgrade in advance and provides a clear roadmap to support the ultimate success of your upgrade. Prescience Upgrade Assessment packages are designed to provide a clear guide to support your functional configuration and prepare for your technical upgrade.

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WHY UPGRADE?

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Why upgrade?

Our goal is to ensure that you leverage the latest Primavera technology to its fullest to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of your operations and to maximise the benefit from your significant investment. Some of the most common reasons for upgrading:

 

CLOUD MIGRATION

Cloud computing is booming and it is clear that the cloud is the way of the future. Real benefits of the cloud include reduced hardware costs, improved virtual collaboration and data protection and business continuity. If you’re considering upgrading to the cloud, a Prescience Upgrade Assessment will evaluate your suitability to shelve your existing licenses and consolidate into the cloud, making significant savings while safeguarding your investment.

 

IMPROVE ROI

With new software releases, come new licensing options. For example, stand alone P6 Team Member licenses are now available. A Prescience Upgrade Assessment will allow you to extract greater value by identifying opportunities for licensing restructure and by ensuring you only  purchase the correct license types to suit your business needs.

 

LEVERAGE NEW FEATURES

Primavera P6 EPPM Release 15.2 is Oracle’s latest release of Primavera P6 and delivers significant advances in functionality to help organisations create schedules more seamlessly and deliver projects on schedule and within scope. Primavera P6 EPPM 15.2 also delivers bug-fixes not available in previous releases, mobile-friendly options and offers new licensing possibilities. Read our Top 10 New Features article to discover just some of the new features available in Primavera P6 EPPM 15.2.

 

REDUCE RISK

Running unsupported software significantly increases your risk of running into compliance related issues. From a simple extended support agreement to a full technical and functional upgrade, Prescience Technology can assess your options and provide advice on the best alternative to reduce any unnecessary risk. The table below provides an overview of Oracle End of Support dates for Primavera P6 software versions.

Oracle End of Support Dates for Primavera P6

Release

GA Date

Oracle Premier Support Ends

Oracle Extended Support Ends

Oracle Sustaining Support Ends

Primavera P6 EPPM 6.2

Nov 2008

Nov 2013

Not Available

Indefinite

Primavera P6 EPPM 7.0

Oct 2009

Oct 2015

Not Available

Indefinite

Primavera P6 EPPM 8.0

Nov 2010

Nov 2015

Not Available

Indefinite

Primavera P6 EPPM 8.1

May 2011

May 2016

Not Available

Indefinite

Primavera P6 EPPM 8.2

Dec 2011

Dec 2016

Not Available

Indefinite

Primavera P6 EPPM 8.3

Mar 2013

Mar 2018

Not Available

Indefinite

Primavera P6 EPPM 8.4

Sept 2014

Sept 2019

Not Available

Indefinite

Primavera P6 EPPM 15.x

Mar 2015

Mar 2020

Not Available

Indefinite

 

*Information accurate as of January 2016. For more detailed information, refer to Oracle’s Lifetime Support Policy.

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DO I NEED TO UPGRADE?

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Do I need to upgrade?

Regular upgrades should be part of a wider plan to continually increase efficiency and maintain compliance and agility. The purpose of the structured Prescience Upgrade Assessment is to review the main areas of your existing environment:

  • License footprint and compliance
  • Technical environment
  • Functional environment
  • Internal Capability  and Training Needs Analysis
  • Procedures

After auditing the various areas of your existing environment, Prescience can provide an Upgrade Assessment and Roadmap, encompassing any of the following solutions:

  • Primavera P6 EPPM
  • Primavera P6 PPM
  • Oracle Primavera Portfolio Management (OPPM)
  • Oracle Primavera Contract Manager
  • Oracle Primavera Unifier
  • Oracle E-Business Suite
  • Oracle Database (RDBMS)
  • Oracle Primavera Analytics
  • Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE)
  • InEight Hard Dollar
  • Deltek Acumen
Download our infographic: “Should you upgrade your project systems?”

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WHAT TYPE OF UPGRADE?

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What type of upgrade do I need?

  • Technical Upgrade Assessment & Roadmap
  • Functional Configuration Assessment & Roadmap
  • Health Check and Basic Upgrade
  • Capability Assessment
  • Extended Support

 

TECHNICAL UPGRADE ASSESSMENT & ROADMAP

Our expert Primavera consultants will provide upgrade assistance, including:

Provide onsite Primavera Infrastructure Assessment workshops that will be held between representatives of your company and the Prescience Technology Team around the Primavera suite in order to document the outcomes from discussions and decisions arising around the following topics:

  • Current key pressing issues, for example: system performance, unexpected system behaviour and unwanted downtime.
  • Review of technical infrastructure currently used
  • Future growth plans
  • Business requirements moving forward on the Primavera front
  • Intermediate workarounds to address key issues before full infrastructure is revamped

The findings and recommendations from the Prescience Technology Team will be discussed with your representative team to ensure that the Primavera infrastructure within your company is capable of supporting business needs now and moving forward.

Scope

The following enhancements will be addressed by the assessment;

Where new functionality is optional, the assessment will be done to the extent of whether the new functionality of Primavera P6 EPPM Release 15.2 will be deployed and if so, the broad technical and functional changes required.

  • Review your current technical environment and assess suitability of the latest release of Primavera.
  • Migration roadmap (migration of existing database vs creation of new database)
  • A document that summarises the changes required to your current environment infrastructure with respect to the new options, features and changes to functionality, technical deployment and any licensing and training implications for the Primavera upgrade.

 

FUNCTIONAL CONFIGURATION ASSESSMENT & ROADMAP

Many organisations have over time let their guard down with the governance of shared (global) configuration data and the management of their Primavera databases; as a result, the source of truth becomes increasingly difficult to report on, trust or use.

Our approach is to analyse each of the domains of database configuration, data, process and governance structures in order to identify issues and make recommendations to ensure the ongoing health and viability of the Primavera installation.

Prescience Technology’s Primavera Functional Configuration Assessment & Roadmap provides the client with the basis to take the next step and execute on the recommendations to cleanse the Primavera database and re-align the coding structures, processes and governance to meet the current and future business requirements, thus ensuring ongoing return on your Primavera investment.

Our expert Primavera consultants will provide functional upgrade assistance, including the following onsite services;

Analysis:

  • Analyse configuration data – administration settings, categories etc.
  • Analyse general Primavera information – number of projects, last scheduled, baselines, data dates etc.
  • Analyse global data structures – EPS, OBS, roles, calendars etc.
  • Analyse project, activity, financial and resource codes
  • Analyse security profiles
  • Analyse external interfaces
  • Analyse governance processes
  • Analyse administration processes
  • Analyse use of Primavera P6 through discussion with stake holders

Recommendations:

  • Opportunities for data cleansing of Primavera database to improve alignment and performance
  • Actions to address issues relating to global data structures
  • Actions to address issues relating to data Items in databases (project, activity, resource codes etc.)
  • Actions to ensure ongoing business alignment of security profiles and required licences
  • Actions to address issues relating governance and other processes to ensure issues do not recur
  • Actions relating to external interfaces
  • Actions relating to data archiving and purge

 

HEALTH CHECK & BASIC UPGRADE

Poor performance and unexpected system behaviour are key pressing issues that lead to unwanted downtime.  In many cases, poor performance is in fact as bad, if not worse, than actual system downtime. A Health Check will help you understand the technical condition of your software instance and give you practical recommendations to improve quality and performance. If you have fewer than five licenses and your installations are stand alone, a basic upgrade may be most appropriate. If required, one of our consultants can complete your basic upgrade for you. With PrescienceAdvantage™ Elite Support, an annual Health Check is included in your agreement. Find out more about PrescienceAdvantage™ Support.

 

CAPABILITY ASSESSMENT

A PrescienceAdvantage™ Capability Assessment delivered via a Training Needs Analysis (TNA) and an internal review of capability will identify and address any outstanding operational risks related to your software investment.

It is universally agreed that ensuring end users are fully capable of adopting new software to its full potential, and becoming advocates for it, is of utmost importance.  There are significant individual and corporate productivity benefits in doing so, and also benefits related to staff motivation, happiness and ultimately expertise retention. In reality, knowledge transfer is not enough for employees to maximise the potential of powerful enterprise-level software. You will extract far greater efficiency when employees are fully trained to use the technology to its full potential.

In addition to our comprehensive Capability Assessments, Prescience offers easy registration to attend Instructor Led Training (ILT) courses in every major city in Australia, as well as an extensive catalogue of innovative eLearning courses. Should your organisation’s needs be more specific, Prescience develops and runs dedicated and tailored team training courses, delivered in your offices, at project site or at any of our national training locations.

 

EXTENDED SUPPORT

Oracle provides technical support from their international help desk, as part of their standard maintenance and support contract. We encourage you to maintain your Oracle support so that you always have access to updates and fixes. However, while Oracle’s support does not go beyond product or platform breaks and fixes, in our experience, users often do. PrescienceAdvantage™ Support ensures none of your support requests fall between the gaps.

PrescienceAdvantage™ Support agreements are flexible, scalable and can be tailored to your business needs. PrescienceAdvantage™ Extended Support is best suited to organisations seeking to optimise support costs through a national, regional or global agreement and who use Project Controls technology as an integral part of their operations. With Australian-based telephone, online and onsite support available, you can choose the solution that best suits you.

Download our brochure for more detailed information about our Support Plans.
Find out what is covered by Oracle Support and PrescienceAdvantage™ Support.

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HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?

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